Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana are calling on lawmakers to take action. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler is a vocal proponent of legalization and says…

“It may not happen this year, but it is certainly going to be happening in the future, legalization is not something that Minnesota has a choice about it is something that is happening.”

Senate Republicans strongly oppose legalizing recreational marijuana. Governor Walz says he wants the state to have the discussion. And he adds that pot prohibition and racial inequities in how the justice system deals with pot-related crimes are not working. Winkler says a legalization bill should be introduced in the House within the next couple of weeks.